Should a new MM wait for a period of time, before petitioning an appendant body?

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Should a new MM wait for a period of time, before petitioning an appendant body?

  1. YES, The new MM should wait for some months or even a year

    18 vote(s)
  2. YES, the period should be left up to the individual Mason.

    13 vote(s)
  3. NO, a new MM should go right ahead and petition an appendant body right away

    6 vote(s)
  1. Eric5023

    Eric5023 Registered User

    First, hello Brothers. I am newly raised. I was told by my mentors and officers that my class and I had to wait six months before applying to an appendant organization. We also have other things we are required to complete in our first six months to a year.

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  2. MarkR

    MarkR Premium Member

    I suppose that could be true in your jurisdiction, but I've never heard of any mandatory time that must elapse before petitioning and appendant body.
  3. Brother

    Brother Registered User

    My advise would be don't join another body unless you have the time to dedicate to attending the meetings and taking part in their activities.

    Senior Deacon Empire Lodge 586
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  4. Michael Neumann

    Michael Neumann Premium Member

  5. El Dud3rino

    El Dud3rino Registered User

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    For explaining the difference between the SR and YR. I thought that was the difference but was not sure. When I would talk to my mentor he was not a 100% sure. I know he went through the YR but not SR. I explained what I had experienced listening to Masonic podcast and they were very SR based. And that it seemed to me the SR was the research/history/intellectual branch of our work. Again thank you brother!

    Brother Joel
    FC Mason
    Epes Randolph Lodge #32
    Tucson AZ
  6. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

    Under GLoTX, a newly-raised MM must turn in his proficiency within 90 days and cannot join any other Masonic bodies or groups until he has turned in his work.
  7. Nat Geo 357

    Nat Geo 357 Registered User

    To the Master Mason were entrusted the secrets of architecture, plans, measurements, and estimates, the weight, tenacity, and durability of materials, and all that learning needful to transform rude stones and the trunks of trees into edifices that should be the wonder and delight of the earth. With such transcendent privileges there was coupled a heavy burden of covenants, and he was expected to exemplify before his fellow-laborers every virtue and grace symbolized on the Trestle-Board of the Master Builder. Also the Master Mason strived to become a Master so that he could travel and earn Maters wages and take care off loved ones. So why should a Master Mason have to wait? When his entire purpose was to travel and earn Maters Wages. It seems like we forget the core basics at times.

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  8. Pscyclepath

    Pscyclepath Premium Member

    What Brother Bill said... you need to have a good grounding and get your feet settled in the blue lodge, and definitely turn in your Master's proficiency. Figure out what you like about Masonry, and just how much slack you have in your cable tow. While there is little to no memory work in YR or SR until you find yourself in the line or on a degree team, it will still take a good bit of effort on your part in going thru the degrees, and likewise finding your place an a useful role in the appendant bodies.
  9. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

    When I was working on my proficiencies in the early 1990s my mentor said he remembered that requirement being dropped at least a decade before so some time in the 1980s. I've asked around and similar seems to have happened in 2 other jurisdictions. So it might have been a rule long ago with elderly members still remembering it but it does not seem to be a rule anywhere at this time. Or it might have been a tradition that was never a rule and that tradition has long since been dropped.

    I have seen appendent body applications included in the paperwork presented to candidates the evening they are raised. I have not seen that yet in Texas and I rather like that local tradition!

    My take on the light offered in appendent bodies - If you study the material of the first three degrees there is enough there to last multiple lifetimes. The light offered by appendent bodies is valuable but it's a different type of study. I think of it as the difference between becoming well read through a list of self-chosen classics versus becoming well read through a list of classics chosen for you. There are men who proceed directly from high school to undergraduate college and so on. There are men who go into a career after high school and never do go to college but who become well read anyways. Neither approach is wrong. It's a matter of what works for you, how self motivated you are, and how rushed you are. Among those only the last one is addressed in how our degrees teach patience.

    So to me if you want to take more degrees because you're in a hurry to get more light, I want you to learn patience. If you want to take more degrees because you love them, I want you to do that. If you want to take more degrees because you love Masonry and want more Masonry my biased suggestion is to go through the line first then start joining appendent bodies.
  10. crono782

    crono782 Premium Member

    I believe the only time required is the time it takes to give back the MM proficiency. I was raised in feb and participated in the march SR reunion to get in before the price doubled.

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  11. rpbrown

    rpbrown Premium Member

    Re: Should a new MM wait for a period of time, bef

    I had been a MM for about a year before I went SR. However, I am not very active in SR and probably wont be until after I am a PM of my blue lodge. I am JW now.
  12. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

    I really wanted to join the York Rite. Per the advice of several brothers I was going to wait 6 months after being raised to petition. However, shortly after I was raised a two day York Rite class was offered at half of the price as taking it degree by degree. As my wife and I are both retired and living on a fixed income I decided to take the class.

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